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cravens' attorney mary ellen attridge has a reputation. she's aggressive and she doesn't care who knows it. frankly, she said, prosecutor roach was just the sort she'd love to beat. but defending seth cravens, reputed town bully, that would not be an easy thing to do. >> so this was a perfect storm of bad facts. the drinking of all parties, the fighting, the location of the blow and then the hit on the back of the head. >> reporter: what defense attorney attridge needed to do was make the jury believe a whole new story of what led to all those undeniable bad facts. >> everybody wants to see every participant in black and white terms. they want the defendant to be demonized and they want the victim to be canonized. and very rarely are either of those things applicable. >> reporter: and as attridge knew, emery was no saint. he'd been arrested in 2004 for assault on another surfer, the year before for throwing a bottle at a man, and more recently, he had had a dui. in fact, the night he encountered the bird rock bandits, he was still on probation. attridge considered an attempt to get emery's
news, glenn ellen, illinois. >>> that's our broadcast for this friday night and for this week. thank you for being here with us. i'm brian williams. my colleague, lester holt, will be here this weekend. and we want to show you what's going on outside this building because we want to remind you starting sunday, our special series "education nation" an indepth conversation about improving education in america, begins across the networks of nbc and continues on monday when we hope to see you right back here. that means they have just a few hours left to finish all that construction out on the plaza. in the meantime, have a good weekend. good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> right now at 6:00, a developing story as the judge clears the way for executions to resume in california. >> inside the blast zone. we get an indepth look at the clean up in san bruno as reports surface as a possible cause to the explosion. >> good evening. >> we begin in san bruno where people gathered for a
: but this one was, shall we say, uncommonly passionate. her name is mary ellen attridge, seth craven's defense attorney. >> i thought it was something that i could creatively dismantle. >> reporter: as far as the gang idea was concerned, that was ludicrous, as far as you're concerned? >> yes, it was not only ludicrous but it was scary. they spent enormous amounts of hours and taxpayer dollars to label this group a gang when in fact they were just a bunch of post adolescents from a neighborhood. it wasn't exactly like we were dealing with la cosa nostra. and it was at once most laughable and frightening. >> reporter: when investigators took the stand, they all faced the same questioning from ms. attridge. >> did you ever hear of the bird rock bandits? >> no, i never heard that name until today, i believe.kl.ñ >> so you never saw any graffiti that reflected bird rock bandits, to your knowledge? >> not to my knowledge. >> reporter: her point was this, if the bird rock bandits were a gang, had been one for years, how come nobody in law enforcement knew about them? the defense noted other contradi
holloway's parents. >>> and we'll show you the move by t t fois help fishermen. he ellen, what are you doing? just brewing up some dunkin' donuts coffee -- want some? [ whoosh! ] i'd love some. one taste, and you'll understand. delicious dunkin' donuts coffee. pick some up where you buy groceries. america runs on dunkin'. >>> angelina jolie is in pakistan to meet with victims of the deadly flooding that left millions homeless. jolie is in the country as a goodwill ambassador. you may have seen her in this psa. new video shows the city still dealing with feet of water as people struggle to find basic needs like food and shelter. >>> new this morning, iran is calling on the world not to make the stoning of a woman to death for adultery a human rights issue. a government spokesperson issued a statement today saying that the public outcry over the punishment is because of false information. the woman still faces charges she was involved in her husband's killing but most trials in iran are behind closed doors so it's hard to verify those court proceedings. french, italian and british leader
of the state supreme court today. he ellen, what are you doing? just brewing up some dunkin' donuts coffee -- want some? [ whoosh! ] i'd love some. one taste, and you'll understand. delicious dunkin' donuts coffee. pick some up where you buy groceries. america runs on dunkin'. >>> a late-night vote saves three schools in contra costra county. coming up, we'll tell you where the money might come from and why one council member has some concerns about the whole thing. that story, straight ahead. >>> plus, new details just out this morning on the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history. we'll show you who bp says is to blame. >>> and an early on for the metering lights at the bay bridge causes ripple effects around the bay as i follow yet another cig alert, also in the east bay. i'll show you what to avoid and where to go, coming up. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. >> and i'm garvin thomas, in for brent cannon. rob's got a look at today's cool forecast. and by cool, i mean, not warm. >> november-like outside. right now, our main concern this morn
stepping down after two seasons. judges simon cowell and ellen degeneres also left the show. rocker steven tyler and jennifer lopez are reportedly front-runners to join the panel. >>> some very special twins making their debut at a japanese zoo. you can't get much cuter than this pair of twin panda cubs. brother and sister, three weeks ago -- i should say just 3 weeks ago. they've quadrupled in weight to a healthy 1.5 pounds. >>> back to you guys. >> is it just me? they get really cute when they get big. >> not quite there yet? >> right there. >> wow! you're saying that's a face only a mother can love? >> yeah, i am. they get fatter, they'll be cuter. some hair, maybe, more hair. >> dissing the poor pandas. >> they'll be cute one day. thank you. >> bill karens on the plaza. >> everyone thinks it's cute as can be, fuzzy things. just hairy at this point. let's talk about your 60th birthday, right? >> yes. >> who is this. >> daughter leah. >> oldest sister. >> how was she when she was young? >> no comment. >> oh! it is her 60th birthday, we'll be nice. have a wonderful birthday in new york. t
that, because we're used to that, but how uncomfortable ellen degeneres was being the first presenter after what had happened at the beginning of the show. am i wrong? >> she's a vegan. she's a vegan. she knew what was coming up with gaga. i think that made her uncomfortable too. >> she had already called her to task for that and presented her with a vegan bikini and said if you want to make a statement -- >> that would have been interesting if she war a vegetable bikini. >> kanye and taylor, there was a lot about them outdoing themselves and it was so spontaneous the first time around. >> it happened last night and it surprised us all. it was organic to the night. when you try to plan and how to get back, it is not good. >> it got overhyped. didn't you feel it was like a -- it went on and on and on. her song went on and on and on. >> it was perfect typecasting too. he was dressed all in red, looked like the devil, the language was -- >> can't find a clip. >> we had to bleep him out throughout the whole song. >> it was an amazing number, though. >> her song was so sad and i felt like
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